Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Final chance for Wiltshire businesses to apply for discretionary Covid grants

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A grants scheme available to businesses that have not been able to access any Covid grant funding has been reopened by Wiltshire Council.

The application window is open until 5pm on 2 June, and covers the period from November 2020 to April 2021.

Businesses are urged to submit their applications for an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) as soon as they can.

Cllr Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "These are vital funds that will help to support Wiltshire businesses as lockdown is eased, and it is the last chance for businesses to apply for one of these discretionary payments.

"I'd urge all businesses that have not received any other Covid grants support between November and April this year to apply before it's too late, and we will judge their application on their specific circumstances.

"This includes businesses that may not think they are eligible and believe they are excluded, such as events companies.

"If they have not received other support, they may be eligible for a payment and they should apply.

"We have paid out more than £165 million to support Wiltshire businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, but we want to ensure we have reached as many businesses as we can, so please apply now if think you may be eligible, as any Government funding we are unable to pay out in grants will be returned."

The eligibility criteria for the ARG is determined by the assessment of each individual application, so if they think they may be eligible, businesses are encouraged to apply before the closing date.

To apply for a grant, visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19-grants